Against People Against People
East of Elsewhere's inaugural exhibition, by Rob Blake
Opening, Thursday, 22 September, 7-10pm
22 September - 15 October 2017 by appointment
Rob Blake’s AGAINST PEOPLE AGAINST PEOPLE is East of Elsewhere’s inaugural exhibition. The show consists of five sculptures made of steel, bicycle wheels, spray cans, pink paint balloons and other found material. With traces of assemblage and a nod to minimalist sculpture, the works imply a sense of urgency, as if they had to be made no matter the materials available. Created in response to the Alternative for Deutschland’s (AfD) posters plastered around Berlin, these works are also functional vehicles to launch pink paint. Blake fills spray cans and balloons with pink paint that alludes to the shade used by the Nazi Party to identify gay men in the Third Reich. Until the election on Sunday, September 24, Blake invites viewers to borrow a sculpture and take it to the streets. Thus the sculptures will continue to evolve as they are borrowed and returned, accumulating marks of use.